Boob jobs don't mar screening
I REFER to the letter by Miss Lee Soh Hong, 'Boob job may
mask killer' (The Sunday Times, March 7).
The Health Promotion Board encourages all women 40 years of
age and above to go for regular mammograms. The mammogram is
the best screening method for the early detection of breast
cancer. This also applies to women with breast
Prior to the mammogram procedure, women are asked whether
they have implants. As the implants may interfere with the
routine mammography evaluation, special techniques are used.
Mammography, if properly carried out by an experienced
radiographer, is effective in detecting breast cancer in women
- with or without implants.
The Health Promotion Board's advertisements on
breast-cancer screening are media campaigns to encourage women
to go for mammo-grams.
If members of the public require more information, they are
welcome to consult the Health Promotion Board's nurse
counsellors at BreastScreen Singapore on
Dr Chew Ling
Head, Health Screening